Don’t I need a referral from my doctor….? NO!!

It is a question commonly offered by people who feel they may need to see a physical therapist. And while the ability to access physical therapy services directly has been in place for a number of years, it is still a common misconception that one needs a referral from their physician before they can see a PT. The truth is that you can see a PT for therapy without needing to be referred at all!

Direct Access to PT provides many advantages:

  1. Direct Access empowers the patient to seek services for evaluation and treatment from experts trained to be the frontline clinicians for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular dysfunction.
  2. Direct Access removes potential barriers to the best treatment including unnecessary physician office visits and the cost/time lost incurred by having to see a physician first.
  3. Direct Access saves “the health care system” money. The Mitchell Study conducted a cost comparison of PT services rendered via physician referral vs. Direct Access and found that The total paid claims for physician referral episodes to PT was 123% or 2.2 times higher than the paid claims for Direct Access episodes.
  4. Direct Access decreases the time spent waiting to receive the right best treatment.

Sport and Spine Physical Therapy has six clinics across southern Wisconsin, all offering quick, convenient Direct Access to clinicians who are experts in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction. The clinical staff works closely with all necessary medical personnel including your physician to ensure you receive the best care possible.

Direct Access is the here and now...take your physical health and wellness in your own hands and call for an appointment today!

Mitchell Study: A Comparison of Resource Use and Cost in Direct Access Versus Physician Referral Episodes of Physical Therapy (.pdf) Jean Mitchell, PhD, Georgetown University, and Gregory de Lissovoy, PhD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University, December 1994.